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Extreme Makeover
Fire truck distributor co-sponsors Dec. 3 episode of ABC home repair show 

Alabama-based Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus is co-sponsoring the Dec. 3 episode of ABC’s “Extreme Home Makeover,” a two-hour Christmas special featuring a fire fighting family and their fire department.

“This special episode will include not only a Home Makeover, but a Fire Station Makeover as well,” said James F. Wessel, president of Brindlee Mountain Fire Apparatus.

During the show, Brindlee Mountain, the nation’s largest supplier of used fire trucks, will give away thousands of dollars to fire departments across North America. 

“There is no need to enter, just watch for your department name on either our website at or our Facebook page at”

The Zdroi family of Bastrop, TX, featured in the special episode, were the victims of a wildfire that ranks as the largest in Texas history, consuming more than 34,000 acres. More than 1,6000 homes, including the Zdroi’s farm and art studio, burned to the ground. Next door to the Zdrois, The Heart of Pines Volunteer Fire Department station also burned.

“Personally, this hit close to home for me, as my father-in-law’s house was destroyed in the same fire that affected the featured family and fire department,” Wessel said.

It’s usually firemen who are giving back to their communities through toy drives and food distribution during the holidays. THIS year “EM: HE” will give America’s Bravest the biggest Christmas gift ever – a new home for the Zdroj Family and a dream renovation for the Heart of the Pine Fire Department.

The “EM:HE” design team has just seven days to build a brand new home for the Zdroj family, as well as remodel the firehouse for the community of volunteer firefighters. The Zdroj family has been whisked away on a coast-to-coast Christmas Vacation -- first to New York for a Christmas celebration, then off on a big surprise visit to a very special location on the west coast -- while “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” team leader Ty Pennington, designers Paul DiMeo, Tracy Hutson, John Littlefield, Jeff Dye and local builders EFC Custom Homes, as well as community volunteers build the structure and Meyerson Custom Builders, L.P. renovate the fire house.


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